Best Non-Toxic Mattress Brands
You guys…this post has been in the works (at least in my mind) for nearly three years.
It’s taken me nearly three years to find a non-toxic mattress that satisfies both my husband and I. (More on this in a post next month, since we decided to build a “superbed” and each have our own mattress, so it’s a bit of a different scenario).
We’ve lost more money than I'd like to admit and quite a bit of sanity throughout our journey to find the “perfect” mattress. That being said, since I’ve tried nearly all of the top brands out there (I wish I were kidding!), I’m a truly reliable source on this topic.
A lot of the big-time bloggers will recommend a specific brand because they are paid to promote said brand. Whether they truly love it or not is left undisclosed. There’s nothing wrong with this, as it’s typically how the biz of blogging works, but I’m simply sharing it with you so you know this post has not been sponsored and you can rest assured (ha, get it?) that I’m giving you my own opinion, sans any outside objectives.
Sleep is so very important to our health, and it’s often left behind when life gets really crazy. I’ve been a sleeper my entire life (at least eight hours per night), and I’m so happy I married someone who respects sleep as much as I do.
A post on the importance of sleep will come at a later date, but for now let’s stick to the topic at hand: what are the best non-toxic mattress brands?
We wanted to switch from a regular Sleepy’s mattress to a non-toxic brand because I had read so many articles about the potential harm a traditional mattress can do to one’s body over time. Dust mites, electromagnetic frequencies, mold, flame retardant chemicals, and the outpouring of VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) are all reasons that we chose to go all-natural. I thought to myself, if I’m going to spend 25-30% of my life sleeping, it better be on a mattress that’s as healthy as the rest of my lifestyle!
Here’s one thing you need to know ahead of time—organic, non-toxic, all-natural mattresses are NOT cheap. They range in price from $2,100-$8,000+ and some of them don’t have a return policy, which Ryan and I learned the hard way. That being said, most mattresses will last at least 15 years, so the investment is worth it in the long run.
We started our non-toxic mattress journey with a Green Sleep Dolcezza. Latex is all the rage, and for good reason, as it is much better for your body long-term compared to a coil mattress. Well…that experiment lasted about three months. My husband, who has narcolepsy, had the hardest time sleeping on this mattress. That’s when you know there’s definitely a problem!
What I realized after the fact is that there’s two types of latex: talalay and dunlop. Dunlop doesn’t have much give and can feel like you’re sleeping on a rock. There’s less “molding” to the body and it is quite firm overall. Without the pressure point relief, my poor husband was exhausted after a few months. Even though this manufacturer doesn’t offer returns, they were kind enough to let us exchange (with some losses) to another brand through a store called The Clean Bedroom.
Note: just because we had a bad experience with dunlop latex doesn’t mean you would as well. But, if you’re moving from a Sleepy’s mattress or memory foam to something more natural, Dunlop is going to be very hard to adjust to. There’s always an adjustment period when moving to latex, but in our case, we never adjusted. Green Sleep is still an awesome company, but the type of latex simply didn’t work for us.
Next up: Naturepedic. I love this company and their quality is superior. We knew when we purchased this mattress that it would eventually be living in our guest room, so we went with a middle-ground option in the Essentials Cushion Firm Mattress (which still runs around $3,000). When we visited a few years later as we were building superbed, I loved the Symphony Pillowtop Mattress, but it will cost you…over $5,000 for a queen. Hence, we kept looking for other options.
On to superbed. I tested out nearly every mattress brand out there between Connecticut and New York City in order to find one I loved, from Cocomat, to Savvy Rest, to Essentia. I didn’t love any of them.
Then I found Keetsa. Although Keetsa is not organic, it’s as non-toxic as you can get for a memory-foam mattress. I loved the idea that we didn’t have to wait weeks to receive our mattress (it came a week later in giant boxes that were shipped by FedEx, kind of cray), and the outer layer was made of hemp fabric. We went with the Tea Leaf Dream because it was said to be Keetsa’s most plush mattress.
I wish I could tell you that the saga ended there. I tried so hard to make the Keetsa work, especially because the price was great in the realm of natural mattresses ($2,000 for a king), but it didn’t. I have many friends that are OBSESSED with their Keetsa, but for some reason it didn’t work for me. I’m a stomach sleeper and have a harder time getting comfortable!
Back to the drawing board...again. Can you imagine? My dear husband, who would’ve been perfectly happy going to Sleepy’s before we even started this endeavor, was now three years into the mattress saga with me and this was the first time he complained that enough was enough.
Knowing that we were building a superbed and would essentially have our own queen mattress, I totally respected his patience and opinion, so I told him he could go to Sleepy’s for his mattress if he really wanted to.
But then, in the nick of time, I found THE mattress brand that changed everything.
Healthy Choice opened a store in New Canaan (my town in Connecticut) and I figured the timing was too ironic for me not to drop by.
The owner happened to be in the store at the time, and I told him our entire dilemma. He listened patiently, because as you’ve read, the story ain’t short.
David, the owner, has been in the mattress business for 30 years. This guy knows his stuff, and after seeing the shenanigans and materials that were used in traditional mattresses (his prior business produced toxic memory foam mattresses, which he eventually sold), he went the organic route. His mattresses are all custom-made right in Connecticut, but can be shipped nation-wide.
Healthy Choice mattresses are also made of latex and organic cotton, but unlike Green Sleep’s latex, Healthy Choice uses talalay latex, which is more “springy” and comfortable.
Ryan and I have been sleeping like champs…FINALLY. We chose different mattresses (I have the Marigold and Ryan has the Rose), but even if you choose a King mattress, you can change out the latex layers based on your own personal comfort on your side of the mattress.
Phew! Alright, now that I’ve shared my story, I wanted to rank my top five mattress brands according to comfort and quality:
Hope this post provided some clarity into why some of us go the organic mattress route, and if you’ve been thinking about it or have a question, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!